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Bill Zeromski, our TruckVault Cares Facebook contest winner, relived 25-year-old memories of pheasant hunting with his father at South Dakota’s Warne Ranch today. My crack production crew of Tad Newberry and Lynn Berland captured every moment, from loading up to his first pheasant and you’ll see it next season on the show.

Cody Warne’s Labs (three sisters) performed admirably, and after an epic first few minutes with clouds of ringnecks, we settled into a rhythm that flushed hundreds of birds. After a few practice shots to warn the birds, Bill knocked on down, dedicating his success to his father’s memory.

After lunch, Buddy shone, producing a shootable rooster after a long stalk  in CRP grasses. Heat topping 80 degrees put him back in his crate soon after, yielding to his grand-nephew Manny. The little guy was as hot as the air temperature, covering a lot of ground from grass to milo, to cut corn and cattails. A few strong points put hens up, and eventually a rooster that was delivered to hand.

Bill’s shooting got more refined as the day went on, putting another bird in his game bag and memories in his mental photo album. Here are some of them. If you like them, please “Like” our Facebook page too.

Memories of the hunt.

Cody and Bill offer Buddy a drink after a hot hunt. He ended up in the cooler.

Lynn and Cody shooting an introductory segment for the show.

The contest’s namesake TruckVault doing yeoman’s duty.

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This year’s “spokespups” …

These little guys hope you’ll fill their food bowls and raise some money for six deserving groups … and win a prize for YOU.

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The new “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids” initiative is now live. Vote, tell your friends to vote, and vote again here.

This year, I’m giving away prizes every 5,000th vote, so get ready to win any day of the week, all the way through the end of the year. Everything from a TruckVault to my Real Bird Bumper and even a hunting trip with us to South Dakota are on the list, so spread the word, and vote every day.

Every vote puts a piece of the $10,000 funding pie in one group’s treasury. Go here, pick your group, and vote.

Everyone wins on this one! Watch the public service announcement below, then vote here!

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News release: Wingshooting USA helps members, supporters raise funds with a mouse click

Scott Linden hopes to put TruckVault’s money where his viewers’ mouse is. The second annual version of his public service fundraiser launches June 25 on the six TV networks carrying his show, Wingshooting USA. Dubbed “TruckVault Cares … about conservation, canines & kids,” the initiative motivates sportsmen to raise funds and awareness for six different groups, and possibly win prizes for themselves.

Six groups benefit from votes tallied at www.truckvaultcares.com: Ruffed Grouse Society, International Hunter Education Association, Quail Unlimited, National 4H Shooting Sports, Scholastic Clay Target Program, and a nationwide coalition of hunting dog rescue clubs. Linden says all groups also benefit from the “cross-pollination” among shared and potential members who learn more about each group when they vote and watch informational segments on his TV show. Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters.

Last year’s effort attracted over 170,000 web visits, and this year’s should prove just as popular, Linden said. This year prizes will be awarded every 5,000 votes as well as at the conclusion of voting on Dec. 31, 2012. A South Dakota duck and pheasant hunt at Warne Ranch is one of the prizes, as are Peet shoe dryers, Kent Cartridge ammunition, Filson apparel, a TruckVault, Ugly Dog Hunting Co. gear, and Happy Jack dog care products.

Last year, each group was represented at the online voting site by a Labrador puppy. Viewers have chosen English Setters as the breed for this year’s pups. Every vote puts kibble into the pup’s food bowl and sends a proportional amount of the $10,000 fund to that group’s treasury.

Through television commercials and in-show educational features, print ads and online promotion, Wingshooting USA viewers will be urged to vote online for their favorite group, and motivate their friends to vote. Members can also use social media to “get out the vote” among friends, sending new voters to the site to raise even more funds.

Wingshooting USA is the official TV series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Created and hosted by Scott Linden, the program airs on six networks year-round, available in 207 million households via cable, satellite and over-the-air stations in all media markets

 

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Now, to pick the winners of all those great prizes! Meanwhile, celebrate the groups that will soon be receiving checks thanks to the sponsors, especially TruckVault. And thank you, if you voted.

Soon, you’ll be able to pick the puppies who will represent our beneficiary groups for the second-annual TruckVault Cares initiative, so stay tuned. Here’s a summary of the votes, and the dollars that will soon be headed to our partners:

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At 11:42 p.m. on March 31, Dani Duniho cast the final vote in the Wingshooting USA TV “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids” initiative. For her vote supporting the AKC-Canine Health Foundation, she will receive a merchandise prize package from lead sponsor TruckVault. Dozens more will receive prizes in the next few weeks as randomly-selected voters are contacted.

Thanks everyone. Stand by for news about our second-annual effort.

“I am often the last of something here or there, but I think this is the first time I have earned a reward for that status,” Duniho added in her thank-you note.

Created by Wingshooting USA executive producer-host Scott Linden, “TruckVault Cares” raises funds and awareness for six different groups. Voters are eligible for prizes ranging from a TruckVault secure vehicle storage system, Fausti shotgun, Tri-Tronics electronic dog training collars, Linden’s own Real Bird Bumper, Kent Cartridge ammunition and Filson apparel.

The conclusion of the voting signals distribution of the $10,000 funding pool, to be parceled out proportionally by vote totals to all beneficiary groups. The leading vote-getter was the AKC-Canine Health Foundation with 36,576 votes, with other groups and their votes listed below:

Scholastic Clay Target Program, 15,087; International Hunter Education Association, 8,012; Ruffed Grouse Society, 7,898; Gun Dog Rescue Clubs, 4,851; and North American Grouse Partnership, 2,464.

Besides sharing in the funds raised, Linden says all groups benefitted from heightened public awareness of their work, with each group seeing over 50 million gross media impressions over the course of the initiative, which began in August, 2011. Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters.

Wingshooting USA is the official TV series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It airs on Pursuit Channel and four other television networks, year-round.

How it all finally played out ...

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Christy Kota has cast the 60,000th vote in Scott Linden’s Wingshooting USA TV conservation initiative “TruckVault Cares … for conservation, canines & kids.” The multimedia effort raises funds and public awareness for six non-profit groups. It is sponsored by TruckVault secure vehicle storage systems, with additional support from Filson apparel, Fausti shotguns, Kent Cartridge ammo and Tri-Tronics electronic dog training collars. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is title sponsor of the show.

Kota will receive a gift certificate from program sponsor Filson for her vote. In addition to the 60,000 votes, the initiative’s web pages have seen over 200,000 visits by viewers seeking more information on each group and sponsors. Groups benefitting from the year-long effort include Ruffed Grouse Society, Gun Dog Rescue groups, International Hunter Education Association, North American Grouse Partnership and the AKC-Canine Health Foundation. Every vote sends a proportional amount of the $10,000 prize fund to the group’s treasury. Besides sharing in the funds raised, host-creator Scott Linden says all groups benefit from heightened public awareness of their work.

Every voter is entered to win gear from a long list of prizes … TruckVault, Scott Linden’s own Fausti shotgun, prints, dog crates and e-collars.

Together, the groups claim over a million member-supporters. The AKC Canine Health Foundation leads in voting, having surpassed the 27,800 vote mark. Second place is occupied by the Scholastic Clay Target Program. For more information or to vote, go to http://www.truckvaultcares.com.

Through television commercials and in-show features, Wingshooting USA viewers are educated to each group’s mission and urged to vote online for their favorite group. Members can also use social media to “get out the vote,” sending additional voters to the site to raise more funds. Each group is represented at the site by a Labrador puppy; voting is tracked by adding kibble to each puppy’s food bowl. The initiative runs through March, 2012.

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